Li–air batteries: Importance of singlet oxygen

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The deployment of Li–air batteries is hindered by severe parasitic reactions during battery cycling. Now, the reactive singlet oxygen intermediate is shown to substantially contribute to electrode and electrolyte degradation.

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Figure 1: Deviation from a truly reversible Li–O2 electrochemistry.

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Luntz, A., McCloskey, B. Li–air batteries: Importance of singlet oxygen. Nat Energy 2, 17056 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nenergy.2017.56

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